The Signal State, set in a dystopian world, will test your logic, puzzle-solving abilities, and fundamental knowledge of synthesizers. It is equipped with realistic Eurotrack synth modules, sound waveforms, panels, and more.
The Signal State, which is comprised of more than 40 different playable levels, can be used as an educational tool to teach the basics of patching modular synthesizers or as a test of your real-world skills. As seen in the game, a fully functional rig system is packed with a collection of modules and panels designed by Italian UI company, Papernoise — the same company that designed the modules for Hexinverter, Mutable Instruments, and WMD. A number of modular synth experts, such as Benn Jordan, have documented their gameplay, and he claims to have gained knowledge of a new modulation trick as a result of playing the game. Take a look at the walkthrough provided below:
In The Signal State, you play as a machine technician who must rebuild abandoned farm equipment in order to produce food that will determine the fate of the agricultural process within the game. The game is built around a narrative that takes you on a journey as a machine technician.
You will need to connect cables to the modules while making sure that you are in line with the preset waveforms on the output with the parts that are provided — this will allow you to, for example, turn on the lights when the modules are connected. However, it is possible to become disoriented while attempting to find the proper ‘rhythm’ within the gameplay; however, don’t worry, you will be provided with clues by Miriam, who will serve as your guide throughout the game.
A Singaporean videogame studio, Reckoner Industries, worked with publishing company Iterative Collective to develop and build The Signal State in a similar manner to Zachtronic games, which is classified as a ‘programming-inspired puzzle game,’ also known as a “Zachlike” game. Based in 2020, and founded just one year ago, their goal in curating games is to use unconventional systems and real-life moments to provide innovative ideas that have been left unexplored by other players in the gaming world.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Reckoner Industries to bring The Signal State to puzzle game fans all over the world,” says the developer. According to Matthew Quek, CEO of The Iterative Collective, “It provides a fresh perspective on both the puzzle and simulation video game genres, resulting in an experience that will appeal to fans of both genres while challenging even the most seasoned puzzle solvers.”
The Signal State has been named as one to watch in the SEA Game Awards, cementing its position as one of the most visually striking games in the region due to its focus on niche positioning in the gaming industry. Additionally, the Low-Fi tracks that accentuate The Signal State’s soundtrack are not to be overlooked, as they help to keep the player calm and collected while their brain wraps itself around wires of spaghetti-laden colors.
You can get the game from Steam by clicking here.